UNH junior and 1st year community work study student, Elicia Young, assists the community as a case management assistant with No Closed Doors (NCD). NCD is part of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and provides case management for low-income and homeless clients. NCD is run primarily by volunteer college students like Elicia who help to find clients employment and work on their resume writing and interview skills. She says that this experience has allowed her to implement skills learned in her classes as well as to develop a deep appreciation for the things she has. Elicia states that she has opened her eyes to the issue of homelessness and how prevalent it is in New Haven. According to the United Way, about 8,875 persons are receiving homeless services in emergency shelters, transitional housing and other emergency shelter type venues.
AT NCD, Elicia describes working with a client named Randy. When she met Randy he was unemployed and looking for any type of work to support himself. Seeking help to improve his computer skills he visited NCD daily for two weeks. While working with Elicia he applied for several jobs online and was finally called in for an interview. Elicia beams at his success. This opportunity has offered her insight into how people live and the importance of helping out the community.
Story and photo submitted on January 18, 2013 by Nikki Seymour, Department of International and Experiential Learning.